The Australian Cattle Dog Hero Dog of the Year Award may be presented by the ACDCA. This award is for the dog's meritorious service to his/her owner(s). To be eligible, the dog must be registered as an Australian Cattle Dog with the American Kennel Club. All nominations must include a brief summary describing the nominee's merits. Nomination must be sent to the Awards Committee Chairperson and shall be postmarked no later than May 31st following the end of the award year. The Awards Committee may select a recipient from among the nominees. The award will be presented at the ACDCA National Specialty Convention.